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Bone Marrow Biopsy Number Two

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I had my first bone marrow biopsy over a year ago, just after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In preparation for my upcoming stem cell transplant, another biopsy was called for. This time I managed to get some photographs of the procedure, thanks to the assistance of my wife, Tammy. The biopsy procedure took place …

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Cool Abstract Backgrounds

Fractal image generated by qosmic

It’s great when I have a relevant photograph or other image to use as a header background for a post. Sometimes I really don’t have anything appropriate, though. Abstract images are a great substitute for relevance. I’m not really a big fan of abstract art. I’m not much of an artist, either, when it comes …

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Listen to “Packard Pokes At”

For the past several weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a podcast called “Packard Pokes At.” It’s a weekly podcast that covers news, politics, and religion. Each show is about an hour in length. We record the show on Friday evenings at 9:00pm central time. The show is broadcast live on …

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Phidippus audax in my living room again

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During the past several days, I’ve noticed a new (to me) bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) in my living room. This one appears to be an adult, judging from its size and the fact that its markings are all white rather than a reddish-brown color. It’s a pretty big spider. This species gets to be …

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I Like My Macchinetta

I didn’t like coffee until I was in my mid-twenties. I loved the aroma, but simply hadn’t developed a taste for it. One of my co-workers at the time was an avid coffee drinker (and former police officer). He worked diligently at getting me to drink coffee, and eventually succeeded. I’ve always been a fan …

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Some things are wrong for all the right reasons

Moot Point - from Dueling Analogs - Copyright 2009 Steve Napierski

I wasn’t aware of what was causing the problem with Twitter late last week, only that there was a problem. Some of you just won’t get it. You might have to have some knowledge of /b/ to truly appreciate the genius of this comic. There are some details on the comic’s original page, Moot Point, …

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Look Out! A Meme! 15 Books I’ve Read That Will Always Stick With Me (Part the Second)

Since I wasn’t able to finish my list the first time through (Yeah, I know… fifteen minutes. Bah! I take my own time.), I’ve continued it here in this second post. As DuWayne points out in his most recent post, there’s been some discussion about whether or not people have been following the rules for …

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Look Out! A Meme! 15 Books I’ve Read That Will Always Stick With Me (Part the First)

Yes, I’ve been tagged with the meme that seemed to run through Facebook, then escaped into the blogoshpere at large. DuWayne got tagged, and spread the love around to include me and several others. The instructions as originally given: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick …

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New 3D Models for Google Earth (I Hope)

Today I finished my fourth model for Google’s 3D Warehouse, in hopes that it will be included in Google Earth’s 3D Buildings layer. My first model was accepted (on July 12th), and now shows up in Google Earth. My next two were finished early last week, and my fourth was finished just today. All three …

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My First Model in Google’s 3D Warehouse

202 S Neil St, Champaign, IL, US, 3D Warehouse Screenshot

Today I finally got around to posting a model to Google’s 3D Warehouse. This is where Google gets the models that are used in Google Earth for 3D buildings. I have another that I’m working on, but it’s much more complicated. In order to get one up more quickly, I chose a little nondescript building …

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